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Jan. 6, 2006|
As we begin this brand-new year in which we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, perhaps we should examine where we are as a movement and where we must go if we are to achieve our ultimate goal of an America in which every innocent human life, from conception until natural death, is protected under the law.
There is a great deal of commentary and speculation these days concerning the possibility that Roe v. Wade may be overturned by a newly-structured U.S. Supreme Court. Some have raised high expectations that newly-confirmed Chief Justice John Roberts may attempt to move the Court in that direction.
In just a few days, Judge Sam Alito, who has been nominated by President Bush to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Pro-life and pro-abortion groups are intensely interested in the outcome of his confirmation hearings, with the pro-life side hoping that, if confirmed, Judge Alito will work to advance the cause of life, and the pro-abortion side terrified that their abortion empire may be threatened.
Whether or not the speculation that the Court may move in the direction of legal protection of the right to life will turn out to be correct, the question arises is the pro-life movement ready for the reversal of Roe v. Wade?
If Roe is overturned, legal abortion will continue unabated in America. However, the reversal of Roe will restore to the states and the people the right to enact laws that prohibit the practice of abortion. How will that happen? What will it take?
Detroit Free Press columnist Chris Christoff, in a December 22, 2005 column, featured what is arguably the most effective right to life organization in the country, Right to Life of Michigan and its president Barbara Listing. The Michigan organization has 112 chapters, with at least one in every county in the state. How many states can claim that kind of saturation?
Barbara Listing is an organizer whose leadership has brought Right to Life of Michigan to a place of great political influence in her state. She has a staff of 65 members, both paid and volunteer. Obviously, their combined efforts to organize and motivate grassroots pro-life activists is impressive, given their political successes in electing 23 of 38 state Senators and 69 of 110 House members with Right to Life endorsements.
What Barbara Listing and Right to Life of Michigan have developed is a model for what it will take, in each and every state, to make abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned. There is no substitute for precinct-by-precinct, county-by-county grassroots organization targeted toward electing the people who will vote for life-protecting legislation when the time comes.
Is the pro-life movement in your state organized, united and ready to meet the challenge? Are you ready to assume pro-life leadership in your precinct, your county and your state? Go for it!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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